Recently I purchased a small alarm clock with a hidden camera and motion detector embedded just to see how it works. It stores the video on a small MMC card and 1GB holds about 20 mins of footage. Upon evaluation I found a small 640 x 480 camera module connected to an STK1262 controller from Syntek. This controller compresses the image to be stored on the MMC. I have been unable to find a similar IC that will convert raw video and compress it to JPEG/MPEG and Syntek are one of those Chinese companies that seem very hard to deal with.
I was wondering if anyone out there has had any experience with this sort of concept and could recommend some IC's for me to look at. The simpler the better, I'm not interested in high resolution right now
Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.